REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the CouncilTRAN
Written declaration on the conservation and welfare of Asian elephants
Jacqueline FOSTER , Geoffrey VAN ORDEN , Janusz WOJCIECHOWSKI , Ian DUNCAN , Renate SOMMER , Marlene MIZZI , Jeppe KOFOD , Jean LAMBERT , Keith TAYLOR , Anja HAZEKAMP , Stefan ECK
Lapse date : 14-01-2016
Number of signatories : 87 - 15-01-2016
Written declaration on the creation of a one-stop shop for animal welfare
Jacqueline FOSTER , Janusz WOJCIECHOWSKI , Anja HAZEKAMP , Marlene MIZZI , Jörg LEICHTFRIED , Pavel POC , Marit PAULSEN , Catherine BEARDER , Ivo VAJGL , Keith TAYLOR , Franc BOGOVIČ
Lapse date : 27-08-2015
Number of signatories : 84 - 26-08-2015
With regret, the UK Conservative delegation voted against this report. We welcomed the Commission’s proposed strategy and the rapporteur’s focus on improving connectivity, boosting competitiveness and keeping a market-driven perspective. We agree that protectionism is not the answer and that comprehensive external aviation agreements are the best way to set a framework for free and fair competition. We also firmly believe that attracting foreign investment is important for the competitiveness of European airlines, and that EU or national legislation should not hamper this.
However, we believe it was wholly unacceptable to grant the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) such wide competence under Rule 54 regarding the social agenda of the Strategy. In particular, we oppose EMPL’s calls for clarification and consistent application of the ‘home base’ criterion for airlines, which we see as an attack on the business model of carriers, and its groundless claims of a significant safety risk to passengers caused by alleged ‘social abuses’ of pilots and crew members and alleged bogus employment contracts. We highlight that European airlines are regulated to the most stringent safety standards and we therefore question the lack of an evidential basis for this report’s conclusions. Consequently, we were obliged to vote against this report.